Special Interest Group By-Laws

Name of the Organization:

The name of the organization shall be RESEARCH FOCUS ON BLACK EDUCATION.
 

ARTICLE II

Goals and Functions of the Organization The goals of the organization are as follows:
 
    1) To increase Black participation in the exploration of educational concerns;

    2) To provide a structure and a forum within AERA for researchers and developers who focus on educational issues which impact on Black clients;

    3) To promote interaction between knowledge producers and utilizers; and

    4) To provide educational solutions and

    5) To provide educational solutions and policy alternatives through systematic inquiry.
     

ARTICLE III
 
    Membership in RFBE is open to anyone who has a commitment to the goals of the organization. Membership in RFBE is not contingent upon membership in AERA. Annual dues for membership in RFBE shall be set by membership. All dues paying members will be eligible to vote.
ARTICLE IV
 
    Officers of RFBE shall be a Chairperson, Secretary-Treasurer, Program Chairperson, Newsletter Editor and a member-at-large (who shall be the immediate past Chairperson). All officers shall be elected from among the RFBE membership. Officers shall be elected for a two-year term. Elected officers shall serve no more than two consecutive terms in any one office.

    Chair: Principal duties to preside at the annual meeting. Executive Committee meetings and special meetings as deemed necessary; shall appoint chairpersons of all committees (standing and ad hoc) subject to approval by the Executive Committee; responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating structures and processes to meet RFBE membership objectives.

    Secretary-Treasurer: Principal duties to prepare minutes of annual meetings; to prepare and/or edit occasional news items; to maintain current mailing lists; to deposit membership fees; to reimburse individuals and agencies for services rendered; to keep current financial records; present budget for upcoming year including expected expenditures for newsletter and other mailings; and related activities financial records; present budget for upcoming year including expected expenditures for newsletter and other mailings; and related activities deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee.

    Program Chair: Principal duties to plan RFBE's program at the annual AERA convention; to organize related conferences and workshops; and to plan RFBE-sponsored sessions at the national, regional and state conferences.

    Newsletter Editor: Principal duties to edit semi-annual newsletters; to work with relevant committees in implementing RFBE's publication program and publicizing RFBE's goals and accomplishments to relevant publics.
     

ARTICLE V
 
    Governance of the Organization The annual business meeting assembly shall be the governing body of RFBE; it shall be composed of all dues paying, members in attendance. The annual business meeting assembly shall be the governing body of RFBE; it shall be composed of all dues paying, members in attendance. 
     

    A. Members not less than seven including the chair (or Chair-elect) in attendance at any legally
    called meeting shall constitute a quorum. A quorum shall consist of all duly paid members (not less than seven) present at a legally called meeting. A meeting in which a written notice is mailed five days prior to the meeting date is viewed as a legally sanctioned meeting.

    B. Each member shall have one vote. A simple majority vote of members present is required to
    carry a motion. The chairperson of RFBE shall serve as chairperson of the Executive Committee.
    The Executive Committee shall serve as the representative of the RFBE assembly, and shall be
    empowered with the authority to make decisions relative to the implementation of RFBE policies.

    The Chair shall have a minimum of one Executive Committee meeting annually. The Executive
    Committee shall meet periodically as deemed necessary by the Chair. An Executive Committee
    quorum shall consist annually. The Executive Committee shall meet periodically as deemed necessary by the Chair. An Executive Committee quorum shall consist of the chair and no less than two officers.

    C. Each Executive Committee member shall have one vote and any official action requires a simple majority vote.

    D. The Executive Committee shall follow the rules of the Parliamentary Procedures. ARTICLE - A Standing Committees The SIG-RFBE shall be composed of six standing committees and shall operate in accord with the provision set forth in these BYLAWS. The six standing, committees are as follows: Program Committee. Principal tasks: to plan SIG:RFBE's program for the annual AERA meeting; to organized conferences during the AERA meeting; to plan RFBE-sponsored sessions at other national conferences.

    Linkage Committee. Principal tasks: to seek forma and informal relationships with other
    organizations with which RFBE has mutual interests; to plan joint activities with these organizations; to represent RFBE to AERA. Membership Committee. Principal tasks: to publicize RFBE's activities; to develop and implement a comprehensive membership plan consistent with the goals and functions of RFBE. Hospitality Committee. Principal tasks: to plan and execute informal social activities at the annual AERA meeting. Nominating Committee. Principal tasks: to establish a slate of candidates and conduct the biennial election of officers. Publication Committee. Principal tasks: to oversee the publication of RFBE occasional papers and other special published studies. RFBE occasional papers and other special published studies.
     
     

ARTICLE VI
 
    Elections Officers of RFBE shall be elected by members in good standing at the annual business meeting. The chairperson of the Nominating Committee will be responsible for election procedures. The Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson. This committee shall recommend a slate of officers to the RFBE membership. All members in good standing shall be eligible to vote. Election returns shall be presented at the same meeting in which the voting occurred.
ARTICLE VII
 
    Amendments RFBE bylaws may be amended at the annual membership meeting. Proposed amendments must be mailed to the membership at least 30 days prior to the meeting. Chair must appoint BYLAWS REVIEW committee to prepare amendments prior to presentation before the membership.
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